I was just wondering, what is the difference between an ADN (RN)and a BSN (RN), besides the fact one is a 4 year and one is a 2 year program?
Aug 18, '02
Also, some certifications require a BSN. Ex: Med/Surg certification through the ANCC (American Nursing Credentialing Center) will certify you in Med/Surg with a two year degree and I believe also a diploma degree; the board certification through ANCC requires a BSN.
A facility close by gives an extra dollar per hour for the BSN prepared nurse. Most facilities that I have dealt with do nto give additional recognition or money.
I first obtained my ADN in 1998. I then worked toward the RN to BSN degree; I graduated from the local University in 2001. So far, I have been offered several positions that required the BSN but quite frankly I am busy working towards other goals in my career that are more important to me.
I feel very good about having gone the extra mile towards my credentials. Someday, I will probably want one of those positions that require the BSN; maybe not. Knowing that they are available to me, if I so choose, is empowering.
I work along side, CNA's, LPN's, ADN's, BSN's, and beyond; sometimes it is hard to tell who is the more attuned person to the decison at hand. Yes, ofcourse, education and license is mandated and important. What I am trying to say is a degree does not make you smarter or more capable in a given situation.
Good luck in whatever decision you make. Know we will be heare to support you either way.
Last edit by nightingale on Aug 18, '02